The truth is……yes, every termite colony has a queen. The problem is that there are at least 5 common species of termites in South East Queensland and only 2 of them build their nest where we as humans can actually see them.
Every home owner would like to “find the Queen” but unfortunately, it’s the aggressive species that build their nests commonly under ground and out of human sight.
This termite mound was not the nest attacking our clients home on the Gold Coast but it gave us at Conquer Termites Gold Coast a chance to try and find a termite queen to at least show the visual difference between the her and the other soldiers/works etc.
We opened up this nest to show what happens inside a termite nest of the species – Microcerratermes.
Check out the different sizes and shapes of termites within this colony, the large ones are “Alates” which are the reproductive termites. Next in size are the “soldiers” which are the defenders of the colony.
After that, the mediocre termites are the “worker” termites which actually do the majority of the damage and the little guys are “nymphs” which are basically the newborns and will eventually be any one of the different types previously mentioned.
And then……….we found her!!!
This queen is only a small one but still shows the size of her small head compared to her big abdomen.
It’s very rare to actually find a queen but when you look as hard as we do at Conquer Termites Gold Coast, we find lots of interesting facts 🙂
If you would like real piece of mind in having a local specialist conduct a full termite inspection at your place, please just contact us on 0459 166 396 and we might not always find a queen but if termites have found a way inside your home………then finding them and protecting homes is what we do best! 🙂